To improve evaluation and get it embedded in the policy design, we have provided a number of case studies across our policy areas. Below we offer three examples of where an access to finance policy intervention has been evaluated for its impact on local economic growth. (Read about our approach to this policy here).
Each evaluation case study has met our minimum standard, which we judge using a version of the Maryland Scientific Method Scale (SMS). In the case of this particular policy, the three case studies show three different levels, 3, 4, and 5 on the SMS scale, which vary their robustness, but can all demonstrate a comparator group to help show the impact of the policy intervention more clearly.
Evaluation need not be a very technical exercise and it can be helpful to borrow from the approaches adopted in existing studies. Read more about how to evaluate, and why we think it can be helpful to plagiarise in our How to Evaluate series. You can also read up on a number of different evaluation methods in our scoring guide to help you both judge other evaluations, and make a decision about which method to use.
This study examines the impact of Japan’s Emergency Credit Guarantee (ECG) programme set up during the 2008 financial crisis. Read more.
This study examines the impact of a partial credit guarantee programme which was implemented in a large Italian region beginning in 2008. Read more.
This study examines the impact of a microcredit programme implemented in a region of Mexico in 2009. Read more.